Program Director Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Thank you for your interest in considering our program for your residency training.

Kristi E. Chang, MD

Theresidency program at the University of Iowa follows a structured, progressive curriculum that focuses on consistency and continuity in patient care. Rotations are organized based on a team system, with residents rotating through each specialty area throughout the course of a year. This structure provides residents with the opportunity to follow the same patient from the initial clinical consultation, to surgery, and through the postoperative period.

During your R1 year at Iowa, you will spend six months in Otolaryngology, a valuable rotation that allows you to integrate into the Department. The remaining six months include one month each in 

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Anesthesia, Neurosurgery, and Oral-MaxillofacialSurgery and rotations on some of the following services: Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.

The educational program includes weekly conferences like the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Clinical Conference, Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Tumor Board, Melanoma Tumor Board, Endocrine Conference and Grand Rounds. There are also conferences every Monday morning that are directed by the faculty and senior residents on a rotating basis. Monthly meetings include the Multidisciplinary Airway Conference, Pediatric Otolaryngology Conference, Otology Rounds, and Morbidity and Mortality Conference.
The Temporal Bone course is a year-long course that consists of anatomic dissection labs as well as didactic tutorials.

The Resident-Program Director Meeting is also held monthly. This an important venue as it provides our residents with an opportunity to be proactive in ensuring that our program maintains its posit

ion as one of the premier training opportunities in the United States.

Our goals as a faculty are to facilitate your development as an otolaryngologist who is accomplished in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the head and neck; to foster a sense of critical thinking and excellent judgment; and to help you hone your skills as an investigator and a scholar.

Again, I am very pleased you have taken this opportunity to visit our institution, and I hope that you enjoy your stay in Iowa City.


Kristi E Chang, MD Associate Professor Residency Program Director